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Duke Menaphon, your most renowned uncle.

Adr. Which of you two did dine with me to-day?
Ant. S. I gentle mistress.
Adr.

And are not you my husband ? Ant. E. No, I say nay to that.

Ant. S. And so do I, yet did she call me so;
And this fair gentlewoman, her sister here,
Did call me brother :—What I told you then,
I hope, I shall have leisure to make good;
If this be not a dream, I see, and hear.

Ang. That is the chain, sir, which you had of me.
Ant. S. I think it be, sir; I deny it not.
Ant. E. And you, sir, for this chain arrested me.
Ang. I think I did, sir; I deny it not.

Adr. I sent you money, sir, to be your bail,
By Dromio; but I think he brought it not.

Dro. E. No, none by me.

Ant. S. This purse of ducats I receiv'd from you,
And Dromio my man did bring them me:
I see, we still did meet each other's man,
And I was ta'en for him, and he for me,
And thereupon these Errors are arose.
Ant. E. These ducats pawn

I for
my

father here. Duke. It shall not need, thy father hath his life. Cour. Sir, I must have that diamond from you. Ant. E. There, take it; and much thanks for my

good cheer. Abb. Renowned duke, vouchsafe to take the pains To go with us into the abbey here, And hear at large discoursed all our fortunes :And all that are assembled in this place,

That by this sympathized one day's error
Have suffer'd wrong, go, keep us company,
And we shall make full satisfaction.
Twenty-five years have I but gone in travail
Of you, my sons; nor, till this present hour,
My heavy burdens are delivered ::
The duke, my husband, and my children both,
And you the calendars of their nativity,
Go to a gossip's feast, and go with me;
After so long grief, such nativity!
Duke. With all my heart, I'll gossip at this feast.
[Exeunt Duke, Abbess, Ægton, Courtezan,

Merchant, ANGELO, and Attendants.
Dro. S. Master, shall I fetch your stuff from ship-

board ? Ant. E. Dromio, what stuff of mine hast thoạ

embark'd ?
Dro. S. Your goods, that lay at host, sir, in the

Centaur,
Ant. S. He speaks to me; I am your master,

Dromio:
Come, go with us: we'll look to that anon:
Embrace thy brother there, rejoice with him,

[Exeunt AntiPHOLUS S. and E. ADR.

and Luc.
Dro. S. There is a fat friend at your master's

house,
That kitchen'd me for you to-day at dinner ;
She now shall be my sister, not my wife.
Dro. E. Methinks, you are my glass, and not my

brother :
I see by you, I am a sweet-faced youth.

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Will you

walk in to see their gossiping ? Dro. S. Not I, sir; you are my elder. Dro. E. That's a question : how shall we try it?

Dro. S. We will draw cuts for the senior: till then, lead thou first.

Dro. E. Nay, then thus : We came into the world, like brother and brother: And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.

[Ereunt.

On a careful revision of the foregoing scenes, I do not hesitate to pronounce them the composition of two very unequal writers. Shakspeare had undoubtedly a share in them; but that the entire play was no work of his, is an opinion which (as Benedict says) “ fire cannot melt out of me; I will die in it at the stake.” Thus as we are informed by Aulus Gellius, Lib. III. Cap. 3. some plays were absolutely ascribed to Plautus, which in truth had only been (retractate et expolita) retouched and polished by him.

In this comedy we find more intricacy of plot than dis. tinction of character; and our attention is less forcibly engaged, because we can guess in great measure how the denoüe. ment will be brought about. Yet the subject appears to have been reluctantly dismissed, even in this last and unnecessary scene, where the same mistakes are continued, till the power of affording entertainment is entirely lost.

STEEVENS.

Μ Α C Β Ε Τ Η.

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